NEWS BRIEFS: Rosie Plans Gay Cruise

01/09/2004 AT 10:00 AM EST

LAUNCHED: Rosie O'Donnell has announced plans for what is billed as "the first gay cruise with family values," to depart New York for the Bahamas on July 11, and on which gay and lesbian passengers will be able to learn about topics like adoption and artificial insemination, reports Reuters. O'Donnell, 41, fresh from her recent court battle against her former magazine publisher, said in a statement that her newly formed R Family Vacations will "welcome all families -- however you define them -- to join us on this cruise."

COUNTED: With $79.2 million in earnings, "The Bourne Identity," a spy caper starring Matt Damon, was the top-renting U.S. home video of 2003, according to year-end figures issued by Rentrack Corp., which tracks retail figures for the industry. Close behind at No. 2 was the Leonardo DiCaprio con-artist flick "Catch Me If You Can" ($75.5 million), and "Signs," the alien mystery starring Mel Gibson, ranked third ($74.9 million). Rounding out the Top 10: "Sweet Home Alabama" ($74.8 million), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ($74.2 million), "The Ring" ($68.9 million), "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days" ($66.2 million), "Bringing Down the House" ($64.2 million), "Maid in Manhattan" ($62.3 million) and "Two Weeks Notice" ($62.1 million).


QUOTED: "It's not the warmest, cuddliest animal. It's just a big rat at the end of the day." -- Jennifer Aniston, 34, to reporters at a junket for her movie "Along Came Polly," in which she costars with Ben Stiller and a ferret


RESCHEDULED: Quentin Tarantino's action sequel "Kill Bill -- Vol. 2," starring Uma Thurman, has abandoned its previously announced Feb. 20 release date and is now expected to open on April 16, reports Variety. A Miramax spokesman declined comment, but the trade paper speculates that the later opening will give "Vo1. I" a chance to be released on home video first. The "Bill -- Vol. 1" DVD is expected April 13.

TUNED UP: The 1998 movie comedy "The Wedding Singer," which starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, will be turned into a Broadway musical for the 2005-06 season, reports The New York Times. Its producer will be Margo Lion, a Tony winner for "Hairspray." No word on the casting.

YANKED: "The Wayne Brady Show," which last year earned two Daytime Emmy Awards, has been canceled, its syndicator said Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Wayne Brady" will remain in production through May and will continue to air for the balance of its second season, but the fact remains that it has been averaging a lowly 1.0 rating this season, notes the trade paper.

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